The Blacksmith

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In the days of the old west, there were none more compassionate than Pecos Bill. It was the most natural thing, therefore, for Bill to be moved to action when he heard of the business failure of a longtime friend, who had been unable to succeed as a blacksmith.

Bill arranged for a good supply of iron to be delivered to the blacksmith.

"Now," he said to himself, "the fellow will have the material to shoe horses and do other work."

However, as is the way with creditors, it wasn't long before one attached the iron, making further work impossible until a debt was settled. Bill decided to sue and retained the most expert lawyer in the state.

His counsel was a lawyer-orator who had at one time studied for the pulpit. At his dramatic best, he pictured the cruelty of the sheriff's proceedings toward the blacksmith in truly historic terms:

"He arrested the arm of industry as it fell toward the anvil; he put out the breath in his bellows. Like pirates in a gale at sea, his enemies swept everything away, leaving him not so much as a horseshoe to nail upon his doorpost to keep the witches off!"

The blacksmith was overcome with emotion and began openly weeping in court. Bill, who was seated next to him, leaned over and whispered,

"What's the matter with you, boy?"

"Bill," sobbed the blacksmith, "I had no idea I'd suffered so much ..."

---------------A Final Thought ...

"It is difficult not to write satire."

- Juvenal (c. 60-130), Roman satiric poet